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“There are fifty American states, but they add up to one nation in a way the twenty-eight sovereign states of the European Union never can. Most of the EU states have a national identity far stronger, more defined, than any American state. It is easy to find a French person who is French first, European second, or one who pays little allegiance to the idea of Europe, but an American identifies with their Union in a way few Europeans do theirs. This is explained by the geography, and the history of the unification of the United States.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
“Sometimes you will hear leaders say, “I’m the only person who can hold this nation together.” If that’s true then that leader has truly failed to build their nation.’ That”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“What is now the EU was set up so that France and Germany could hug each other so tightly in a loving embrace that neither would be able to get an arm free with which to punch the other.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
“Equally important, anyone stupid enough to contemplate invading America would soon reflect on the fact that it contains hundreds of millions of guns, which are available to a population that takes its life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness very seriously.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
“Analysts often write about the need for certain cultures not to lose face, or ever be seen to back down, but this is not just a problem in the Arab or East Asian cultures—it is a human problem expressed in different ways.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
“Why do you think your values would work in a culture you don’t understand?”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“The countries of northern Europe have been richer than those of the south for several centuries. The north industrialised earlier than the south and so has been more economically successful.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“All the sovereignty issues [in the Arctic region] stem from the same desires and fears -- the desire to safeguard routes for military and comercial shipping, the desire to own the natural riches of the region, and the fear that others may gain where you lose.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
“The routine expression of hatred for others is so common in the Arab world that it barely draws comment other than from the region’s often Western-educated liberal minority who have limited access to the platform of mass media.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” but few go on to complete the sentence, which ends “but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
“Look again at the standard Mercator map and you see that Greenland appears to be the same size as Africa, and yet Africa is actually fourteen times the size of Greenland! You could fit the USA, Greenland, India, China, Spain, France, Germany and the UK into Africa and still have room for most of Eastern Europe. We know Africa is a massive land mass, but the maps rarely tell us how massive.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“Technology may seem to overcome the distances between us in both mental and physical space, but it is easy to forget that the land where we live, work and raise our children is hugely important, and that the choices of those who lead the seven billion inhabitants of this planet will to some degree always be shaped by the rivers, mountains, deserts, lakes and seas that constrain us all – as they always have.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“Sykes-Picot is breaking; putting it back together, even in a different shape, will be a long and bloody affair.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
“All great nations spend peacetime preparing for the day war breaks out.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
“When we are reaching for the stars, the challenges ahead are such that we will perhaps have to come together to meet them: to travel the universe not as Russians, Americans, or Chinese but as representatives of humanity. But so far, although we have broken free from the shackles of gravity, we are still improsoned in our own minds, confined by our suspicion of the "other," and thus our primal competition for resources. There is a long way to go.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
“We have even broken the shackles of the Earth’s gravity. In our newly globalised world we can use that technology to give us all an opportunity in the Arctic. We can overcome the rapacious side of our nature, and get the great game right for the benefit of all.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“Because it is located so far south, and the coastal plain quickly rises into high land, South Africa is one of the very few African countries that do not suffer from the curse of malaria, as mosquitoes find it difficult to breed there. This allowed the European colonialists to push into its interior much further and faster than in the malaria-riddled tropics, settle, and begin small-scale industrial activity which grew into what is now southern Africa’s biggest economy.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“Baltic and the North Sea are still there. In his book Of Paradise and Power the historian Robert Kagan argues that Western Europeans”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“To this day most people still live close to the coastal areas, despite the dramatic decision made in the late 1950s to move the capital (previously Rio de Janeiro) several hundred miles inland to the purpose-built city of Brasilia in an attempt to develop the heart of Brazil.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“The GIUK is one of many reasons why London flew into a panic in 2014 when, briefly, the vote on Scottish independence looked as if might result in a Yes. The loss of power in the North Sea and North Atlantic would have been a strategic blow and a massive dent to the prestige of whatever was left of the UK.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“The Americans don’t really want to fight for the South Koreans, but nor can they afford to be seen to be giving up on a friend.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“«Speak softly, but carry a big stick».**”
Tim Marshall, Prisioneros de la geografía: Todo lo que hay que saber sobre política global a partir de diez mapas
“The word ‘arctic’ comes from the Greek artikos, which means ‘near the bear’, and is a reference to the Ursa Major constellation whose last two stars point towards the North Star. The Arctic Ocean is 5.4 million square miles; this might make it the world’s smallest ocean but it is still almost as big as Russia, and one and a half times the size of the USA.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
“although we have broken free from the shackles of gravity, we are still imprisoned in our own minds, confined by our suspicion of the ‘other’, and thus our primal competition for resources”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
“The Chinese look at society very differently from the West.”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World